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why you should. only. have a million dollars' worth of fraud and embezzlement sees russian anti-corruption blogger alex and not only get five years behind bars but an appeal is expected in minutely . exploiting the conflict chaos reportedly announces plans to create its own state in syria using land captured by the opposition and seizing its money and weapons. and there's cash to be made by getting britain out of the e.u. we report on how one thing tank plans a road map reward ahead of a proposed referendum. thanks for joining me this hour we've got world news and analysis live for you from
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our moscow headquarters in of course you're watching our team well on to our top story now russian anti-corruption blogger alexei navalny has been handed a five year jail sentence for embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from a state enterprise and he was immediately arrested after the verdict and led from the dock in handcuffs in a moment. on the reaction to the ruling in central moscow but first our reporting from outside the courthouse. also the day they came is a hard break to supporters the man who has positioned himself as an activist against corruption in russia has actually been indicted on corruption charges he's looking at five years in prison for apparently embezzling up to half a million dollars in timber schemes machinations in the region of cure of a but you have to understand that the maximum penalty for the type of crime to take a look see the violent was convicted on is ten years in prison the prosecutor was asking for six now the judge has built his judgment on the testimony to drop the
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witnesses this is not the first criminal case that was started against him. was a man who has portrayed himself as a person who is adamantly against corruption in the country he has actually been a blogger who is trying to expose several rather large anticorruption schemes and of russia but of course he will have to know not are maybe perhaps not only to serve a prison sentence but also pay a hefty fine of roughly thirty thousand dollars so right now they seek me isn't one of the preliminary and offices here in here of and either on to you now everyone had mentioned mr obama's supporters in the city of cairo of i'm curious what's been the reaction from supporters of not only in moscow and where you are well news about a number of these verdicts spread very quickly basically exploding the internet of several groups who have been organized even before the verdict was announced
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calling for the wine and supporters to take part in protests to rallies in moscow and over twenty other cities across russia now when he himself has called the same on his supporters in his twitter account and while thousands of people have already confirmed in social networks in these groups that they are planning to take to the streets later on thursday both in moscow and in over twenty other cities in the country. it's needed to see that now when we gained a lot of supporters even before the wave of protests two years ago through these online anti corruption projects. other port of the controversy around him is this open some feed to the russian nationalists and even though the opposition is still not unified he surely to be considered one of the leaders of the movement if we look at the supporters of his supporters on a nationwide wide scale when it comes to roughly one hundred forty million russian
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citizens then now and the support there is much less than it comes to the online community since a recent poor by the center revealed that only only around ten percent of russian citizens even forward the criminal case around him and every now back to you where does this sentence this verdict leave mr nepali not only in terms of his political ambitions but only did have a lot of political ambitions fact some people were looking at him as one of the main opposition figures who could possibly play a very important role in russia's political future and russia's political life well on the hot started off by putting his name on the ballot to run for moscow mayor the elections are due to take place in september and just yesterday in of all these name appeared as an official contender for that's post however the latest news that we're getting from the election campaign it was agreed before the verdict was read that if they should get
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a prison term that he will automatically withdraw his gender deceit and that those who want his election stated right after the verdict was read here in care of today the ballots lawyers have ten days to make an appeal and they have already stated that they're planning on doing that before the verdict has even been announced here and cure of. social researcher remarks about it from moscow state university says that what the major media usually forgets while hailing of all these anti putin drives is his hardline nationalist past i think that russia are actually paying attention to some of the particulars of the case and they are familiar with and of all me as a political figure in quite a different way than he has conceived of in the west and the west of all the is is presented as a poster boy for a liberal opposition and he's commonly referred to as the most popular leader of the liberal opposition and a potential threat to the president. the facts on the ground really don't lay this out russians really aren't that interested in in the the brand of politics that
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he's selling them and that's because what is often un presented in the west is only holds what could be considered in the west as quite extreme ethnic nationalist racist xeno phobic views of what is could be considered an extreme right including gun rights advocacy and the like on twitter and facebook much of the support for alexei navalny is pouring in from abroad let's get some international perspective now on the case with author and russia analyst martin mccauley star thank you for joining me on the program some international reaction are coming in already from the u.k. foreign secretary who says that the verdict highlights the concerns felt by some about the selective application of the rule of law in russia what is your take sir . yes well if you look at russian contract law it's very very opaque in english law new act of parliament the new law. takes over and all
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proved all previous law falls falls away that is there's not a case in russian law. precedent law and previous go exist side by side so there was very very difficult to judge if you're in contract law which contract is exact and which correct and so on so the law is very very opaque so we have a headache in saying that the law needs to be clarified is in fact stating the obvious that lawyers find it very difficult to judge precedence in russian law and to judge whether the case is in fact fabricated whether it's justified and so on so from a point of view a british point of view the law comes into question russian role comes into question they would see that you pressures are not followed. and had the case taken place in england under international then the result might have been completely
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different and starforce mr nepali and his supporters maintain that this case in trial was politically motivated what do you think aspiring of that reaction and those accusations. will develop a new kind of hero in the west he's seen as. a great leader of the opposition and so on but people in the west forget that he's a russian nationalist. he supports a split russian nationalism and so on and that's really neglected but people in the west look upon him as someone who fighting against corruption who isn't actually fight against corruption fighting against the put regime and so on. the magnet case which has been also highlighted in the west where middle. east dead. exactly sentenced. to terms of bridgeman doesn't make russian law and the russian government look very good in the west and the problem is that you princes
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of law the rights of property law rights of contract law and so on these are problems the west will insist with people and say you have to codify these and in other words you to become more like us. and i'm curious about what you think is behind that difference in perception i mean why why do you think certain factions are elements of these past aren't necessarily highlighted in the discussions about him i should say i mean he has exposed corruption cases that doesn't necessarily make him immune to the charges as we saw in the verdict today. yes you have to accept it in the west in certain countries and in the united states and parts of britain so on. there is considerable anti russian sentiment. this is this is doing good from the cold war it was there. it was in seventeen seventeen and it's in the in the psyches in the national psyche and therefore if something like this comes up
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it's very easy then to take a stick to the russian state and russian government to say that they are behaving like the communists they haven't really improved they haven't removed to democracy the rule of law liberal market economy and so on so therefore there's a there is a prejudice there's a lovely. breeze in the west which under russian the only way that russia can overcome this is presumably showing that the law is not a play that the contract is really a contract law and that person is observed the democracy is in fact practice and so this is a long long hard road but you have these two views that anything is bad in russia is good news for many people in the west it's a stick with which to beat russia but in the other hand. it's really up to the russian government and the russian. leaders to judges to demonstrate the law is in fact pay that is not subject to bribery that in fact is
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a sentence is in fact just that the evidence stands up in court and still. has a case of many russian oligarchs who are referring to did to gate. calls original home which again in the west gives the impression that they don't really trust russian just right well author and russian an alan analyst martin mccauley thanks for weighing in with your opinions or. we will be bringing you more opinion and analysis on that of on the case throughout the day of course is also more on the developments on our team dot com as well as on our twitter feed so do go ahead and check that out. right to see. her struggle. and i would think that you're. on the record but i didn't i.
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was something that northern syria could be facing the prospect of becoming a terrorist state within a state now sources in the free syrian army which is the major rebel group there claim that al qaeda plans to declare islamic rule over territory near the border with turkey now until recently the opposition was believed to be cooperating with extremist groups in its fight against president bashar al assad but there are now signs of that relationship could be growing sour more now from our team is going to take on. you imagine okai hiding in some remote mountains not anymore they want their own country they found the land it's the part of syria which is under the rebels control we're talking about the northern part of the country that borders turkey according to an influential arabic newspaper off charcol outside which cites a source in the free syrian army a kind of feel bearded militants intent to accidently assert their control over the
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territory immediately after ramadan ramadan ends around the ninth of august according to the source of al qaeda is about to announce an islamic state in syria they want full control over the weapons coming from turkey and the money coming from oil smuggling in syria's eastern province of their olives or for example a network of tribes and smugglers has exploited the chaos of war to create an illicit oil trade with the reports that the al qaeda link has reached an understanding with the tribes over the division of spoils the old has of course used this profits to buy more weapons and pates fighters now apparently they want more they feel powerful enough to want more it makes some of the rebels nervous of course many rebels ordinator their efforts with the all new threat but those who refused to do that risked their lives recently the all nusra have killed several members of the free syrian army including one member of the western backed supreme military council the territory is controlled by the rebels now have all the signs
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of becoming the land and in this new all the land you have things like checkpoints where the militants check whether people are fasting more or not locals from near aleppo say they check their songs to see if they're fasting and if they are not the militants. many syrians are of course deeply saddened by what's becoming of their country. earlier i interviewed the free syrian army spokesman paul musri on the situation and he believes that his announcement is part of a foreign backed plot to weaken and separate the country. dividing syria into parts is now being spoken about a lot likely by many sides there's a hezbollah presence in croisset homes which is also trying to separate syria and the announcement to be islamic state in the north of syria to be a stablished after ramadan will only help the syrian regime to keep going to the country and take attention away from the killing of people by damascus and the other fact is that these islamist terrorists and whatever is supported by some
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regional states and major nations in the world we're asking why your military and financial support is reaching those extremists and the free syrian army doesn't get the army there's an international will to make syria weak exactly real unity is under threat. riot police try to get the upper hand over protesters in northern ireland the arrests continue asking politicians put their heads together to try to find ways to head off the rape scenes and violence next year details on that story in just a few minutes also coming up for you the most stark backlash of the obama government's surveillance congress wants it it may entirely revoke the president's power to spike all sales on u.s. citizens to stay with us you're watching arctic.
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i would rather i asked questions for people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf and that's why you can find by you know larry king now right here on r.t. question more. well. it's a technology innovation called the list of elements from around russia. the future of coverage. you know sometimes you see a story and it seems so for life you think you understand it and then you glimpse something else you hear or see some other part of it and realized everything you thought you knew you don't know i'm trying hard luck is a big picture. a
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large cash prize is awaiting anyone who can come up with a winning blueprint for britain's exit from the european union that the u.k. think tank behind offer plans on pitching pitching a party to the government should britain hold a referendum when he tells how far to go. picture the scene is the year twenty seventeen and britons have just voted in favor of exiting the beleaguered european union so the government now needs to implement a road map for how to leave that's what the u.k. says institute for economic affairs think tank is also going economists to imagine in order to come up with the best blueprint for britain's potential exit from the european union it's a competition and the winner who comes up with the best proposal will be awarded
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one hundred thousand euros want to talk about the challenge i'm joined by dr richard wellings from the institute for economic affairs dr weddings why launched the competition now it's four years until the referendum and even so britons might vote to stay in the european union at that point that's true but i mean it is such an important issue that is important that economists start thinking about the consequences of britain potentially leaving the given that there is such a large amount of your skepticism of most british public it is quite plausible that in a few years time britain will be leaving so i mean is absolutely essential that we have some idea of where britain is going to go with the winning strategy be put forward to the government to use in case of a euro exit yes i mean where we're going to publish the winning strategy along with some of the other better entries as well said to be plenty of ideas there for the government's low cards and hopefully come out with a very very sound plan now the prize is aimed at looking at the least disruptive way to leave the euro but there are those that say that leaving the euro zone will
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be detrimental to the case economy no matter how you do it so obviously i mean there were major upside potentially because the u.k. can then get rid of all this very burdensome e.u. regulation on jobs and climate change and so on all the red tape is suffocating business but obviously key to this is whether we retain very strong free trade links with the rest of europe that's absolutely essential they have great free trade links with europe and the rest of the world will be the key to success in the future dr welling's thank you very. thanks for telling us about the competition now the prize is going to be judged by a panel that includes four much. who recently claimed that the british economy would be better off if britain were outside the european union. london prime minister cameron's motives for proposing a referendum tired of course as political success have gone questions from the onset water website have a chance to tell us what you think drove the tories to call for the exit votes
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let's take a look at how the numbers break down so far almost forty percent as you can see right there believe that the referendum is simply a tool being used by can run to distract the public probably actually exactly the same amount believe that britain is trying to get out before the e.u. caves in on itself now about a tenth of you say this is all an issue of sovereignty and that london is tired of brussels pressure and a slightly smaller percentage in the green right there believe that this is all for the benefit of the british economy so it is not too late to vote on to argue dot com and cast your ballot. for the average european citizen the forecast is more austerity unemployment and belt tightening but it's an entirely different story for the banks well at sixteen thirty g.m.t. max keiser explains how unlike you or i they get paid to take out loans you know if you borrow money from wonga which is a pity the lender shop here in the u.k. they charge annual analyze rates of interest of five thousand percent if you're one
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of these bankers dealing with the bank of england mark carney's new shop. then the rate of interest is negative another word they pay you to take out a loan so if i go to the bank of england and i was one of these banks and i borrowed a million dollars i borrowed a million dollars it wouldn't cost me any interest rate of all at all at one go they charge me five thousand percent at the bank of england they pay me two percent they pay me to borrow money that's the difference though the only aspects of wires are those huge wealth that i think of gap in the u.k. and around the world well because if you're on the inside you get paid to borrow money if you're on the outside of this interest rate apartheid wall then you get charged five thousand percent to borrow money is it any wonder the entire world is up rising. the u.s. congress has given the intelligence community and ultimatum scale back the mass
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surveillance or lose power entirely now all this happened at a house judiciary committee hearing where cross party lawmakers demanded greater accountability some however doubt that they'll make good on that threat among them is cindy cohn she's the legal director for the electronic frontier foundation which is one of the organizations which is challenging the n.s.a. surveillance program what they've been able to slow us down with is the argument that it's just all too secret and can't be decided by the courts because of national security and state secret well not only did they lose in the courts with that argument but now they've admitted the central facts of the program we're talking about so we're hopeful that that will help us move forward with the cases a little more quickly i would point out that trying to change things through the u.s. congress is also a. but while it's frustrating for those of us who want change neither the courts nor the congress move to kick your lovely quickly i think there are many members of congress who are in a situation in which they basically signed off on this and now maybe perhaps feel
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that they need to defend it rather than taking the steps that i think the american people want which is to stop it. and upsidedown sensor is to blame for a rocket exploding soon after takeoff the proton disintegrated in midair sparking questions about just how such an expensive piece of equipment could fail so spectacularly. and while you're on there on the web site you can find striking images of rolling mass protests in egypt by supporters of the deposed president mohamed morsi there online for you at r.t. dot com. authorities in northern ireland are set to rule on whether loyalists can march through the nationalist area of belfast where riots first broke out six nights ago now the major political players will now meet to thrash out how they were curing violence can be stemmed in the future artists are firth has more details. well the full no u.s. government peace envoy to northern ireland richard haas bank instalment yesterday
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policy move in ireland tools now first minister peter robinson has said that all party group has been set up with the purpose of seeking an alternative to the parades commission the other group rules they going to be looking to bring food a set of recommendations by the end of the year on parades and protests flags and symbols a hugely important issue to new zealand blackall within will be seen by many as the only result parts of the peace process now all too often we see days cultural elements really i'm a survey to for the sectarian flare up over the sort that we've seen following on from last friday's july twelfth parade now after that we saw the trade commission's controversial ruling in force by police that then led to very serious rioting by the loyalist marches in moved belfast and there's been really a period of sustained well i think i know the orange order had yesterday applied to
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the parades commission to have another parade on saturday this coming saturday very near to that contested area now that's been seen by many to be quite a provocative me move some people speaking out saying that the orange order haven't learned any lessons from the violence we see of recent days already moving seventy police officers injured more than sixty people arrested more than one hundred petrol bombs training everyone paying that which it has being here these party talks now getting underway can bring an end to the violence. in the world and some other news now we begin with greece where the greek parliament has now really approving of public sector reforms that will force thousands of people out of work through. as despite a large scale and protests throughout the country but it is needed to secure nine billion euros in financial aid from international lenders now the german finance
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minister is scheduled to visit greece on thursday to discuss its deep financial woes. in afghanistan eight people have been shot dead on their way to work in a province just south of kabul now the men aged between fifteen and twenty five were forced out of the van that they were traveling in before being executed it is unknown who carried out the attack but local authorities suspect the taleban is to blame. goes across south africa have celebrated the ninety fifth birthday of nelson mandela the country's first democratically elected president he's now been in the hospital for almost six weeks fighting a long infection although his condition is said to be steadily improving the iconic leaders health has left the nation anxious. well they stay with us on the back in about a half an hour but artie's new financial show interest is coming up next. you
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want to hear something truly baffling the u.s. supreme court has ruled that generic drug makers cannot be sued for bad reactions to their products only the original branded creators of the drugs can the court's decision was five to four overturning a multimillion dollar award for a woman who was horribly wounded by taking a medication which gave her toxic epidermal necrosis which is basically the equivalent of getting third degree burns all over her body and of course after winning the case mutual pharmaceutical company is demanding their millions of dollars back from the woman who they naturally blame for having side effects from the medicine they made themselves remember this is not just a ruling about one drug but a ruling about all generic drugs which are eighty percent of the u.s. market all of them will not have any accountability i cannot wrap my head around
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the logic of only punishing the creator of a product and granting immunity to anyone that later reproduces said product i mean would any sane person say that if you shoot a person with a colt forty five pistol that is a crime but if you use a copycat made in mexico to blow your neighbors off well that's ok because it's a generic copy no no sane person would allow generic drug producers to have no liability for their product but that's just my opinion. good afternoon and welcome to prime interests i'm hereon boring it above english and here's what's been your headlines. well mr bernanke goes to washington ok he's no mr smith he lives right here and he testified in front of the house today something he does twice a year after all the tapering the engineering talk it turns out his key
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unemployment mandate doesn't even matter that's right since december a bad policy is sad that once i don't claim it's a six point five percent it's now at seven point six the fed will take its foot off the monetary gas pedal but today i need told congress that unemployment could fall because people simply drop out of the job market which is something that we've been hampering on for weeks do you think that bad and watching prime interest i really do think he does and speaking of the fed the consumer financial protection bureau finally might have an official leader this is after elizabeth warren the head of the agency in an interim basis before becoming a sutter and oh connection to be falls under the aegis of the federal reserve that means its budget comes from the interest on all the securities it buys as part of q.e. and it also means the agency does not have to report to congress every and boring profiles that agency would later in the show finally and.

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